Victoria Young portrait

Victoria Young

Professor and Chair of Art History
B.A., New York University
M.ArchH., Ph.D., University of Virginia
2057 Portland Ave.
(651) 962-5855

Professional Interests

Professor Young returns this year after being on sabbatical for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is researching the creation, design and construction of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans

Specialization: Modern American and European Architecture

Young’s research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture, with special interests in sacred space, contemporary museums and the work of Frank Gehry. Her recent book on Marcel Breuer's design of Saint John's Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota (1953-1961) explores modern religious space as does her recent article on the mid-century church in the 150th anniversary volume of Saint John's Abbey and University. Young's work in the past has focused on religious architecture; she wrote her Master's thesis on Mount Saint Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire, England, a monastic design by the nineteenth-century English architect, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. This project focused on the international aspects of Pugin's design, both architecturally and ideologically.

The gift of the Winton Guest House to the University of St. Thomas has led Young to analyze it and its place in the work of architect, Frank Gehry, through a permanent exhibit in the house.  

Her current research continues her interest in contemporary design, museums and memory in an exploration of Voorsanger Architectsdesign for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, a project begun in 2003, with completion expected in 2015.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space. University of Minnesota Press, October 2014.

“The House as Art.” Exhibit for the Winton Guest House museum on the Gainey campus of St. Thomas. Fall 2011.

“Frank Gehry: From Architect to Icon.” St. Thomas Magazine 27 no. 2 (Spring 2011) 

"The Design and Construction of Saint John's Abbey Church, 1953-1961" in Saint John's at 150: This Place called Collegeville (Liturgical Press and Saint John's University Press, 2006).

“Monasticism and Modernity: St. John's Abbey Church and Marcel Breuer." Casabella vol. 67 no. 715 (October 2003): 28-39.

"A. W. N. Pugin's Mount Saint Bernard Abbey: The International Character of England's Nineteenth-Century Monastic Revival" in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, February 2002 (

Recent and Forthcoming Presentations

"The National World War II Museum, New Orleans: Creating the Landscape of War," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 1-4, 2015.

"Shaping Catholic Liturgy in the Mid-Century Concrete Church," Society of Architectural Historians, Buffalo, NY, April 2013. 

"How does Monastic Architecture of the Mid-Twentieth Century Reflect Gender?" American Catholic Historical Association annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 5, 2012. 

"Frank Gehry's Domestic Building in New Orleans – Regional Starchitecture?" Louisiana Studies Conference, Natchitoches, LA, September 22, 2012. 

"Catholic Monastic Architecture and Gender: Marcel Breuer and the Benedictines of Saint John’s Abbey and Annunciation Priory." Modern Catholic Space conference, London, England, December 9-10, 2011.

"Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House: Design, Build, and Relocate," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, St. Louis, MO, March 31-April 4, 2010.

"Creating Modern Liturgical Space: Breuer and the Benedictines at Saint John’s," Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, April 2007.


Co-editor of the Religion, Architecture and Visual Culture Series for Pickering & Chatto, Publishers, England.

March 2011-2014: Director, National Board of the Society of Architectural Historians

October 2006-present: Member of the state of Minnesota's Historic Review Board for designation of National Register properties

July 2005: Appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to a seat on the Governor's Residence Council. Currently secretary of the Council and member of the Greening Initiative.

2003-2010: Director and former President, the Board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

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